Raw Deal

June 6th, 1986


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Mark Kaminsky is kicked out of the FBI for his rough treatment of a suspect. He winds up as the sheriff of a small town in North Carolina...

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 5.1/10 (12,073 voted)

Director: John Irvin

Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathryn Harrold, Darren McGavin

Mark Kaminsky is kicked out of the FBI for his rough treatment of a suspect. He winds up as the sheriff of a small town in North Carolina. FBI Chief Harry Shannon, whose son has been killed by a mobster named Patrovina, enlists Kaminsky in a personal vendetta with a promise of reinstatement into the FBI if Patrovina is taken down. To accomplish this, Kaminsky must go undercover and join Patrovina's gang.

Writers: Luciano Vincenzoni, Sergio Donati

Arnold Schwarzenegger - Mark Kaminsky aka Joseph P. Brenner
Kathryn Harrold - Monique
Darren McGavin - Harry Shannon
Sam Wanamaker - Luigi Patrovita
Paul Shenar - Paulo Rocca
Steven Hill - Martin Lamanski
Joe Regalbuto - Marvin Baxter
Robert Davi - Max Keller
Ed Lauter - Baker
Mordecai Lawner - Marcellino
Blanche Baker - Amy Kaminsky
Louise Robey - Lamanski's Girl (as Robey)
Victor Argo - Dangerous Man
George P. Wilbur - Killer #1
Denver Mattson - Killer #2

Taglines: Nobody gives him a Raw Deal.

Release Date: 6 June 1986

Filming Locations: Castle Hayne, North Carolina, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $8,500,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $5,438,978 (USA) (8 June 1986)

Gross: $16,209,459 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Joey Brenner's social security number reads: 567-34-5787. 567 is a prefix for California, which means the card was issued there. His passport id shows H1032642.

Revealing mistakes: During the car chase scene, it shows arrows on the road that are pointing in the opposite direction of the flow of traffic.

Chief Harry Shannon: You remember my son Blair?
Mark Kaminsky: Yeah. We went to a few ball games together. He joined the bureau, didn't he?
Chief Harry Shannon: Yeah.
Mark Kaminsky: How is he?
Chief Harry Shannon: [pauses] Dead.

User Review

Ingedients:Full of Nutritious Arnie one liners. (no artificial acting)

Rating: 4/10

Raw Deal was in the classic Arnie era, the era of one line classics and bad acting. How quality is this film, its just non-stop from start to finish. You've got the classic good guy joins the mobsters gang in order to bring them down - Arnie sports a classic lumberjack shirt in this film as he plays a small town sheriff (check out the car chase at the beginning). He rolls of classic line after classic line, there is one instance where him and his wife have a argument - she throws are cake at him after she has had a few drinks, he says

"You shouldn't drink...and bake"

how cool is that

this looks surprisingly low budget for Arnie, but you have to watch it for its comedy value